Scholar support and extra curricular activities for deaf children.
AIMS OF THE PROJECT:
The objective of this project is to provide scholar support and organize/participate in the sportive and artistic activities the center carries out with deaf and handicapped children.
• Accompany and assist the kids in their daily activities
• Organize leisure activities
• Assist the teachers for linguistic classes and help them carry out sportive and artistic activities (Music, plastic arts, football, basketball, karate, etc.)
• Organize workshops: Painting – Cooking –Literacy – Music – Outdoor excursions, etc.
The mail goal is to develop self-appreciation in the heart of the kids thourgh a skills-based approach.
The center hosts several deaf children but is also a school for children that don't have any handicap. The volunteers will appreciate and observe the everyday life habits of the school and of the Moroccan culture through practical and social involvement. They will get in touch with national volunteers and social workers during the activities, which give them the opportunity to get involved in the community, not only inside the center but also outside, when they finish work.
Casablanca, in Arabic “Dar El Baida”, is the biggest city and business center of Morocco and of the entire Maghreb region. Economically and demographically speaking, it is one of the most important cities of Africa as it is one of the most developed financial centers of the continent. It is also one of the largest artificial ports in the world and the primary naval base of the Moroccan Navy.
The Hassan II Mosque, completed in 1993 after many years of construction, is among Africa’s largest ones and its minaret is among the tallest in the world. This building really is one of the jewels of Morocco, as it is built on the seafront and its minaret is equipped with a laser that beams toward Mecca. What makes it even more special is the fact that it is one of the only mosques allowing non-Muslims visitors into its halls.
Casablanca’s central market is small and manageable. White-walled stalls with green clay tile roofs dotted with foliage are dreamed Instagram material. You will find any kind of produce, namely nuts, dates and argan oil, the traditional Moroccan elixir. Linger long enough and eventually you will see the vendors line up for the call of prayer, you can then join them for a quick tagine lunch.
The Aïn-Diab coast (seaside annex of the city) is a traditional evening meeting point for locals, especially on weekends. You can find plenty of trendy restaurants and popular pubs; some of them are even there since the 30’s and offer seawater swimming pools.
The atmosphere of this city is so cosmopolitan that it is as easy to find a sushi restaurant as one specialised in Moroccan dishes. The discotheques open later on in the evening. Everyone will find one to its taste, from the latest techn hits to North African music. Boulevard Mohammed V, in the city centre, is full of restaurants, some of which have kept their 1920's decoration. Another curiosity: you can have a drink in a perfectly recreated copy of the famous café in the film Casablanca.
Further information about the country will be attached in the National Profile form.
• No previous working experience required although plastic arts skills and interest in sports would give extra quality to the project.
• Enthusiastic, positive, patient and respectful people needed.
• People psychologically prepared to work with disabled children.
• Willingness to develop ties with other nationalities and learn new things, of course we encourage everyone to follow the pace they feel comfortable with.
The volunteers will live in a host family where they will be given 3 meals per day. Further information will be given in due time.
ARRIVAL OPTIONS AND MEETING POINT:
The ideal meeting point is at Ain Sbaa or Casa Voyageur train station.
Casablanca is the first international airport of the country. From there you can easily catch a train to Ain Sbaa or Casa Voyageur train station that will cost about 3 and a half euros. Remember you can only pay in dirham, the local currency, so please don’t forget to change money inside the airport. A taxi to the train station should cost 20 to 30 euros.
If you happen to fly into another airport of the country, train connections run very often as it is the biggest city. You can check the prices and timetables here http://www.oncf.ma/Pages/Accueil.aspx
You can also get a bus, which is usually a cheaper option but not all bus companies have website. The most popular and efficient company is CTM: http://www.ctm.ma/
Once you have your flights details please pass them by e-mail to your interlocutor so you can arrange with him/her the meeting point.
The info sheet will be send to you by e-mail 3 weeks prior departure.